What to Say Wednesday: Acknowledge the Loss

What to say Wednesday 1Welcome to What to Say Wednesday – a short weekly post offering a suggestion of what to say or avoid saying to parents who have lost a child. To find out more click the icon to the left!

Here is today’s tip…

When someone you know loses a baby, acknowledge the loss. While it is difficult to know what to say, don’t fall into the common tendency to say nothing at all. Doing so essentially pretends the loss didn’t occur, and the baby never existed. One of the most difficult things for a grieving mom is for her baby’s life to not even be recognized.

When you acknowledge the death of a baby, you are also acknowledging his/her precious life. You are communicating to the parents that you know what happened and you care. You are telling them that they are not alone, and their baby was important. Sometimes just the words, “I’m so sorry” can mean the most.

Be watching for another tip next Wednesday!